I’ve gotten my hands on an older 23” Apple Cinema HD Display and would like to use it with my late 2016 MacBook Pro with only USB-C ports. I’ve researched this issue, and I can only find answers from people using the 30” monitor. The gist is that you need to use Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter, and then an adapter from Mini DisplayPort to USB-C.

From what I can gather, the 30” monitor was the only model that used a dual-link DVI port, while the 20” and 23” used regular DVI. Reference. Is this correct?

If it is, it would mean I could avoid the very costly Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter, and hopefully instead purchase an Apple HDMI to DVI Adapter and an HDMI to USB-C adapter. From Apple’s description of the HDMI to DVI Adapter:

Use the HDMI to DVI Adapter to connect a single-link DVI digital monitor, such as the 20-inch or 23-inch Apple Cinema Display, that includes a DVI connector.

Side note: I obviously need the monitor to run at full resolution at 60hz.

  • Thanks for posting back the positive result! Could you please share information on specifically which Belkin adapter you used?
    – ybtch
    Jun 13, 2020 at 11:01
  • @ybtch I see now that there’s a new white one available at the Apple Store from Belkin, but this is the one I used at the time: belkin.com/my/p/P-F2CU038bt
    – Simon
    Jun 16, 2020 at 9:53

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To answer my own question: The Apple HDMI to DVI Adapter + a Belkin USB-C to HDMI Adapter does indeed work for the 23”. No need for the expensive Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter. Yay!

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